Six months after her tragic death, the late actress and singer was showered with heartfelt tributes from her ex-husband Ryan Dorsey and former "Glee" co-stars for what would have been her 34th birthday on January 12.
The late "Glee" actress tragically died in July last year after she went missing following a boat ride with her five-year-old son Josey at Lake Piru in California.
Chris Colfer also took to Instagram to share a photo of the singer on the set of Glee, in her classic Cheerios outfits. She posted a black-and-white picture of them together and wrote: "Happy Birthday my angel". "Just as surreal as it is real that you're gone", he wrote. "34..."
'A little update Naya, earth is REALLY ghetto now! "I love you both so much", she wrote. Amber Riley also got emotional in a message to her dear friend that read in part, "There hasn't been a day where you don't cross my mind, and when you do, I take a moment of silence to remember all the lovely moments we got to spend together". "I'm listening to Amy Winehouse, sippin" wine and eating very fancy charcuterie in your honor today".
Rivera's body was subsequently discovered July 13, as authorities with the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office named her cause of death as accidental drowning. He understood a black and white photo of the two of them putting their hands together and looking at each other with kissing faces. "I actually saw her a few weeks ago for her birthday", she said at the time.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department ruled her death a "tragic accident".
Morris, Dianna Agron, Chord Overstreet, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Matthew Morrison and more of the show's former stars all took part in launching a GoFundMe for Alexandria House - an organization Rivera passionately supported - and raised $117,900.
"Naya had a Christmas party every year called Snixxmas, and she would raise money".
Her little boy Josey, who was just four-years-old at the time, was found alone in a boat in evening with no sign of his mother. "She would volunteer her time".
Appearing in almost 100 episodes during the musical dramedy's six-year run, Rivera showed just why she became a household name after making a splash with her breakout role From exploring Santana's sexuality with heart and empathy to the moment she slapped Finn Hudson, Rivera's range shined through in spades. Santana quickly became a fan favorite for her quippy zingers and sarcastic wit, and soon fans fell in love with her unbelievable singing voice through her show-stopping Glee performances over the series' six seasons. And we vow to make her son proud too, and remember her legacy.